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VIVIEN, Renée.

Published by Paris: E. Sansot,, 1910
Soft cover
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103 pp. Original black wrappers, printed in silver. Tiny ownership signature on endpaper, else fine. First trade edition of these poems, preceded by 50 numbered copies on Imperial Japan in the same year. Born Pauline Tarn in 1877, Vivien was the daughter of a Michigan heiress and an English gentleman. She spent her first dozen years in travel, in French and German schools, and in Paris. Once out of her teens, she moved to Paris on her own, becoming, along with Natalie Clifford Barney (soon to be her lover) and Gertrude Stein, one of the first to arrive of an impressive number of American, British, and Irish expatriate writers of the 20th century who would make that city their home. Vivien was not only a great French poet (an achievement made more remarkable by the fact that her native language was English) but also a notably prolific one, given that she died at 32 and that her collected poems run to 500 pages, besides two volumes of prose-poems, a prose satire, and an autobiographical novel, not to mention a number of similar volumes of verse and personal narrative which she wrote in collaboration with Hélène de Zuylen de Nyevelt, who succeeded Natalie Barney in her affections, and were published under the pseudonym of "Paule Riverdale." Furthermore, Vivien was startlingly open for a writer of her time -- or indeed, of almost any time -- about her sexuality. In her pioneering study, SEX VARIANT WOMEN IN LITERATURE (1956), Jeanette H. Foster devoted a full 15 pages to Vivien, pointing out that "Vivien was more openly lesbian than any woman [writer] so far encountered, but the selections and biographical notes found in anthologies are careful to conceal this fact." Vivien's place in the history of coming out, as summarized in the first part of that sentence, still holds of course, but since 1956 (and especially since 1970) a number of candid studies of her work, as well as translations of her poetry and prose into English, have been published. Incidentally, all the books by Vivien listed by Grier in THE LESBIAN IN LITERATURE are marked A***. Bookseller Inventory # 58691

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Title: Haillons.

Publisher: Paris: E. Sansot,

Publication Date: 1910

Binding: Soft cover

Edition: First trade edition..

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